55 – Environmental Engineering with Ella Gale pt. 1

Austin comedian and environmental engineer Ella Gale (@hellakale) is the guest. She joins David to share some Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 and chat about the planet, its health, and what can be done to alter it. A call to Grace (@AnonEMaus) starts it off.

The song at the end is Pretty is Fancy from the debut album It’s Not That Hard by Wam Dingis.

54 – Farming with Chris Konieczka pt. 2

Chris Konieczka hosts David in his backyard in Portland as they sample beers and chat more about food, agriculture, farming, monsanto, and all about where your food comes from.

Music at the end from Trevor G – Transportation.

53 – Farming with Chris Konieczka pt. 1

Portland farmer and Clackamas Community College professor Chris Konieczka has David to his house where they sample three different beers while sitting outside among some of Chris’ crops and his chickens while sampling some fresh food that he grew. They discuss farming, food, ethics, and healthy living.

The end features Pure Imagination by Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

52 – Material Science with Dagny Fleischman pt. 2

52-dagnyCaltech PhD candidate Dagny Fleischman is back to sample some Smoking Redhead by Brewyard Brewing Company and talk more about Material Science, chemistry, STEM, and women in science. It’s a terrific cap to the first 52 weeks of the podcast.

The episode concludes with Dance Away from Smith Westerns.

51 – Material Science with Dagny Fleischman

Caltech PhD candidate Dagny Fleischman visits over some Summer Pale Ale from Port Brewing and discusses Material Science, chemistry, beer, her life, and so much more. A call to Sasha (@UncleButler) starts things off.

The music at the end is The Helmsman by Ambulance LTD.

50 – Contemporary Culture with Ramin Nazer pt. 2

Ramin-NazerThe 50th episode of this storied franchise has Ramin Nazer back for part two of the chat about life, creativity, art, culture, and staying productive. They share more Gallagher from June Lake Brewing.

The song at the end is Palace of the Flames from the album Creatures by Elf Power.

49 – Contemporary Culture with Ramin Nazer pt. 1

Comedian and artist Ramin Nazer, author of Strippy Comics, drops by to share some beer from June Lake Brewing and chat about being creative, what inspires, and how to stay productive. A call to Matt (@badwolf408) kicks things off.

The music at the end is Strangers from the album To and Fro by Liz de Lise.

48 – Teaching with Jamie Lesesky pt. 2

Jamie Lesesky, a teacher from Columbus, OH, is back for part two of the chat about education, innovation, connecting, and what makes for the best learning environment. Razz Wheat from Jackie O’s Brewing is the beer for this episode.

The music at the end is The Whip by Idiot Glee.

47 – Teaching with Jamie Lesesky pt. 1

47-jamie-leseskyJamie Lesesky, a teacher from Columbus, OH, was nice enough to visit with David during his tour and bring by some local Oil of Aphrodite Stout from Jackie O’s Brewing. They sit down and share some and talk about teaching, kids, education at large, and what makes a school good. A sketch with Joel Stern starts things off.

The music at the end is Good Veins off the album The Wolf You Feed by the Riverboat Gamblers.

46 – Singularity University with Aaron Frank pt. 2

From the lab at the Singularity University, David and his girlfriend visit with Aaron Frank (@aarondfrank) for part two of their chat about A.I., technology, simulations, philosophies, and much more. A phone chat with the fantastically talented artist Jeanne Hospod (@JeanneHospod) kicks things off.

The music at the end is The Thought of You from the album Falling is like Flying by Tiny Stills.

45 – Singularity University with Aaron Frank pt. 1

David and his girlfriend visit Aaron Frank (@aarondfrank) of the Singularity University at the Google Campus near Bethel Field and discuss technology, the impending Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, existence, and robots. David rambles a bit at the beginning about the current state of the world.

The song at the end is Scientologist Airplane Conversations by Peter Matthew Bauer on the album Liberation!

44 – Material Sciences with Dylan Haas pt. 2

44-dylan-haasOnce again from the Treefort Festival, David chats with PhD Dylan Haas about his life, addiction, recovery, microchips, and finding what makes you happy. Part three of the chat with Riley Newton gets it going.

The music at the end is I Don’t Feel Right by Idiot Glee.

43 – Material Sciences with Dylan Haas pt. 1

Dylan Haas, who has a PhD in Material Sciences, talks about his life, career, and academic pursuits as well as addiction and recovery. It was recorded from a hotel room during the Treefort Festival in Boise with David sampling some Dagger Falls IPA by Sockeye brewing. Part two of the chat with Riley Newton gets things started.

The music at the end is Into Black by the band Blouse.

42 – Algorithms with Dave Relyea pt. 2

42-Dave-RelyeaThe answer to life, the universe, and everything comes this week in the 42nd episode with Dave Relyea, an astrophysicist who shares some mead as well as his knowledge of A.I., algorithms, the future, and so much more. A talk from Phil Hellenes kicks things off.

The music at the end is Something There from Quilt from their album Plaza.

41 – Algorithms with Dave Relyea pt. 1

Dave Relyea, who has a PhD in physics from Caltech, stops by with some delicious Mead and talks about his new job, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and some projections for the future. A chat with Riley Newton from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival gets things started.

The music at the end is Sista Festen from the album Allas Sak by Dungen.

40 – American History: The Presidents with Eric Krug pt. 2

40-ericEric Krug is back to finish our conversation about American History and particularly the presidents. His knowledge is vast, and we cover a lot of ground while sharing some brown ale as well as Goose IPA. A chat with Helen Vank live from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival gets things started.

Eric fields some twitter trivia, and the music at the end is Godspeed from the album Cycle by Steve Robinson and Ed Woltil.

39 – American History: The Presidents with Eric Krug pt. 1

Austin comedian Eric Krug drops by with a wealth of knowledge about the history of the United States, the Presidents, and a lot more. He and David share some Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Brewing and chat about history, politics, Austin, and Eric’s love of the presidents.

The music at the end is Foolish Person from the album Long Slow Dance by The Fresh and Onlys.

38 – Film Restoration With Samuel B. Prime pt. 2

038-samuel-b-primeSamuel B. Prime (@sbprime) of L.A. Cine Salon is back to share more Chocolate Stout from Samuel Adams and continue the chat about film restoration, archiving, preservation, interests, Catch My Soul, and a lot more. Grab a libation and join in.

The music at the end is In The Weeds from the album Low Speed Buildings by Dog Adrift.

37 – Film Restoration with Samuel B. Prime pt. 1

Samuel B. Prime of L.A. Cine Salon drops by to share some Sam Adams 13th Hour and chat about his love of film, film restoration, archiving, and the masterpiece Catch My Soul. A call to Artie (@ArtieFissio) kicks things off.

The music at the end is That Kind of Girl from the album Kicking Every Day by All Dogs.

36 – Transitions with Tony Thaxton pt. 2

36_tony_thaxtonTony Thaxton is back to share more Saison from June Lake Brewing and chat about life changes, inspiration, and the Motion City Soundtrack farewell tour. A call to Jamie in Florida kicks things off and music from Ella Fitzgerald brings it to an end.

35 – Transitions with Tony Thaxton pt. 1

Tony Thaxton from Motion City Soundtrack stops by to share some Saison from June Lake Brewing and talk about the band’s final tour, drumming, life changes, moving on, art, creativity, and lots more. A call to Dave Thaxton (@JonPaxton) in Utah starts things off.

The music at the end is Wide Awake from Secrets by Deep Sea Diver.

34 – Stem Cells with Heather Wright and Katie Sanders pt. 4

Heather Wright and Katie Sanders share some Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing company with David and discuss Stem Cells, ethics, scientific advancement, and many other things in part four of their ongoing discussion. A call to Nate Chappell (@wolfoutTV) starts things off, and music from Prince closes it out.

33 – Stem Cells with Heather Wright and Katie Sanders pt. 3

Heather Wright and Katie Sanders, PhD students at UC Irvine studying Cancer Biology, are back this week to talk about Stem Cells. Actually, David visits them remotely on a trip through Orange County. They share some Beaver’s Milk from Belching Beaver Brewing and talk about the ethical implications of stem cells, their uses, and what is holding their availability back. You’ll also meet Ronald and Lupe who are Heather’s pet reptiles. A call to Chris Mancini, who has a kickstarter for a graphic novel called Long Ago and Far Away, kicks things off.

The music at the end is Roller by Quilt.

32 – Pursuits With Mike Wiebe pt. 2

32-wiebeMike Wiebe (@mikewiebe) is back to share more Trooper from Iron Maiden and continue the conversation about life, art, creativity, music, and everything. We tip our caps to Merle Haggard by playing Big City at the end of the episode.

31- Pursuits with Mike Wiebe pt. 1

Mike Wiebe (@mikewiebe), the lead singer of the Riverboat Gamblers, shares some Trooper Ale from Iron Maiden Brewing, and we discuss origins, art, music, creativity, and why any of that matters. A chat with Boise State student Tiffany McCree kicks things off.

The song at the end of this episode is Blue Ghosts from Mike’s band Riverboat Gamblers.

30 – JPL with Jason Rabinovitch pt. 2

The brilliant Jason Rabinovitch is back this week to share some Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing and chat more about his journey in science, CERN, JPL, hockey, life, and everything. A call to Andy Thompson starts things off.

The music at the end of this episode is Rebels of Our Own Kind by Charlie Van Stee.

29 – JPL with Jason Rabinovitch pt. 1

Jason Rabinovitch, a PhD who studied at Yale and Caltech, had an internship at CERN, and currently works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, visits the Space Cave to share some Elysian Space Dust IPA and chat about his life, physics, space, and what it’s like to work at JPL. Part four of the chat with Ambrose starts it off.

The music at the end of this episode is Red: Alone from the new album You’re Doomed. Be Nice. from Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place.

28 – Ancient Ceramics with Brett Kern pt. 2

Artist Brett Kern (@brettkernart) returns to talk more about art, his life, ceramics, and we share more Winter Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing. Part three of the Ambrose call starts things off.

Brett will be displaying his work at the Box Gallery in Kansas City, MO from the 14th-27th as part of Dino-Might, and he will be at the opening reception March 18th at 6:30pm. Go and say hello!

The music at the end is Starting Over is a Lot Like Giving up from the Album Falling Is Like Flying by Tiny Stills.

27 – Ancient Ceramics with Brett Kern pt. 1

Artist Brett Kern (@brettkernart), who teaches and lives in West Virginia, is the guest this week. He and David talk about ceramics, life, teaching, Ninja Turtles, and his amazing sculptures — all while sharing some delicious Anderson Valley Winter Solstice via skype. Part two of the conversation with Ambrose (@AmbroseLMakeup) starts things off.

The music at the end is Harpy off of Inky Ovine by Jas Patrick.

26 – Scientific Advancement with Crystal Dilworth pt. 2

25_crystal-dilworthMolecular Neuroscientist Crystal Dilworth, PhD (@PolychrystalhD), is back this week to talk more about science, existence, computing, research, gender roles in the science community, and choreographing the Caltech production of Boldly Go. A call to Quantum Chess creator Chris Cantwell gets things started.

The music at the end of this episode is Not a Problem by Kali Kazoo. They will be playing live at the Other Door in North Hollywood Wednesday March 2nd. Their latest album ins called Contrary to Popular Belief.

25 – Scientific Advancement with Crystal Dilworth pt. 1

Crystal Dilworth, PhD, drops by to chat about the world of science, how to advance awareness of scientific discovery, her home schooling, quantum chess, entanglement, and her upcoming theater production, Boldly Go, premiering Friday February 26th at Caltech. A call to one of my favorite people, Martha Kelly (Baskets on FX) starts things off.

The music at the end is Hey Look from the album Contrary to Popular Belief by Kali Kazoo.

24 – Neuroscience with Jono Zalay pt. 2

Neuroscience PhD and comedian Zono Zalay (@JonoZalay) is back this week to talk further about neuroscience, his experiments on rats, the brain’s reaction to certain drugs, and a lot about addiction. Grab some Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing and join in before Jono has to urinate.

The music at the end of this episode is Daydreamer from John Fullbright’s album From the Ground Up.

23 – Neuroscience with Jono Zalay Pt. 1

David sits down with Jono Zalay, who on top of being a funny comedian, also has a PhD in Neuroscience. They share some Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing and delve into what we know about the brain, what we’re learning, what it means to be human, and lots more. A call to Ambrose (@AmbroseLMakeup) starts it off.

The music at the end is Scar from the album Chasing White Light by The Lonely Wild.

Episode 22 – Dan Pritchard Pt. 2

IMG_5603The Guppy conversation continues with exotic fish breeder extraordinaire, Dan Pritchard (@danfromorange), who calls in all the way from Australia. Find out all about rare fish breeds, finding new varieties, the ethics involved in discovering them, and what makes them pretty. A call to old podcast pal (and Green Circle Award Winner) Steven Yates kicks things off.

The music at the end of this episode is I Could Be by Hat and Boots. Who are they? Who gave me this music?

Episode 21 – Dan Pritchard Pt. 1

Dan Pritchard, who engineers the show, is the guest this week from Australia. Not only does he know a lot about comedy, he also raises and breeds guppies. We chat via skype about breeding Exotic Fish, comedy, life, and much more. Matthew Wielicki makes a return as we try to figure out how excited we should get for Planet Nine.

The music at the end is Final Voyage from Yojimbo Billions (@YojiBillions) from the album Our Bodies our Machines.

Episode 20 – Chris Davidson Pt. 2

Chris_DavisonProfessor Mysterioso (@ChrisLTH) is back once again to talk more about Speciation, misconceptions, genes, and so much more. We have some more California Blonde Ale from Eel River Brewing, and I blather about current events at the beginning. To end it, we play Starman from David Bowie, who is hopefully back at home among the stars.

If you would like to chat more with Chris, you email him at chris[at]lthmedia.com

Episode 19 – Chris Davidson Pt. 1

Professor Mysterioso, Chris Davidson (@ChrisLTH), drops by this week to talk about Biology, speciation, science in general, and really just a lot of fascinating information. We sit down with some California Blonde Ale from Eel River Brewing and get into it. There are also some movie reviews at the beginning.

The music at the end of this episode is Varsity from Smith Westerns.

Episode 18 – Kyle McGinn pt. 2

IMG_20151017_142206Kyle McGinn is back to talk more about Poetry, his process, how you define poetry, and what makes it good. We also read a bit of poetry and discuss what we enjoy about the genre while we drink more Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing. It’s a relaxed, mellow vibe this week with just a few ghosts walking around above the basement. A call to Ira (@wemetintheair) gets it going.

The music at the end of this episode is Sirens from The Pack A.D.

Episode 17 – Kyle McGinn pt. 1

Kyle McGinn writes poetry, and he is also cancer-free after going through treatment recently. He was nice enough to bring over some Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing while I was in Minneapolis, and we sat in a basement and chatted about poetry, life, art, creativity, and how you move on after beating cancer. The final episode of 2015 is a positive one. Grab some Moose Drool and join in. A call to Zeke (@ironmanmode) starts it off.

The music at the end of this episode is from Dog Adrift and it’s called In the Weeds

Episode 16 – Dave Farina pt. 2

513910387_1280x720Dave Farina from The Lonely Wild is back to continue the chat on Chemistry, molecules, and some common misconceptions about chemicals. Why do we think they way we do about chemicals? How do unethical companies take advantage of this? Your guide to better living through chemistry starts here with some tasty Fresh Squeezed IPAs from Deschutes Brewing. A call to Andrew (@Izdaisho) gets things started.

The music at the end of this episode is Holidays from The Lonely Wild.

Episode 15 – Dave Farina pt. 1

Dave Farina, who plays drums in The Lonely Wild, stops by this week for the first part of a chat about Chemistry. In addition to being a musician, Dave also does a video series online called Professor Dave Explains where he helps educate kids and adults alike with quick, fun youtube tutorials. We sit down with some Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewing and chat about Dave’s background, music, and chemistry. A call to Zach (@yojibillions) starts things off.

The music at the end of this episode is Chasing White Light from the Lonely Wild‘s most recent album of the same name.

Episode 14 – Heather Wright and Katie Sanders pt. 2

13-heather-katie-03Heather Wright and Katie Sanders are back for another chat. This time the PhD candidates from UC Irvine and I sit down with some home brew from their friend Bach Tran to talk more about their studies in cancer research. We get further into what we know about it, how it may be overcome, and what it’s like to proselytize on a plane. The beer is great, and the conversation is full of fascinating information.

The music at the end of this episode is from Common Miner. The album is called The Match that Stayed Lit, and the song is Gardner.

Episode 13 – Heather Wright and Katie Sanders pt. 1

Heather Wright and Katie Sanders (@BioCuriousKatie), who are each pursuing PhDs from UC Irvine in Cancer Biology, were nice enough to drive up and bring their own beer. We sat down with some Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing and chatted about what we know about cancer, and what we can do to better understand it. A call to RJ (@cabbagetits) kicks things off, and a song from Matthew Robins closes it out. It’s another from his album ‘Noah’s Ark’ and it’s called “Are We Alone?”

The lyrics from the song are vaguely tangential to the conversation, and cancer research is particularly important to me after the passing of my friend Andy Ritchie on Thanksgiving. I hope we can find a way to beat this stupid disease.

Episode 12 – Sam Mandegaran pt. 2

sam-mandegaranSam Mandegaran, who studied at Princeton and Cal Tech, is back this week to continue our conversation about start-ups, electrical engineering, computer chips, film, and more. Sleek Zeke from El Segundo Brewing is the beer this week. It’s a nice pale wheat ale. A call to Keith Blomberg, who directed One-Headed Beast, gets it started, and a song from Matthew Robins (a Snake Bit my Hand) closes it out. You can buy the album Noah’s Ark here.

Episode 11 – Sam Mandegaran pt. 1

Sam Mandegaran is an electrical engineer who studied at Cal Tech and Princeton. He is also a filmmaker, and an enjoyer of beer. We sit down over some Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing and chat about science, electrical engineering, art, intelligence, and lots more. The song at the end is courtesy of Casual Strangers once again.

Episode 10 – Wes Campbell pt. 2

Harvard physicist Wes Campbell is back this week to discuss more about his research with atoms, his research project through UCLA, and many more quantum things. We sit down with some Pechish, a sour beer from Cisco Brewers, and get to the bottom of it all. A quick chat with my old pal Vern kicks it off, and music from Casual Strangers sends us out. They are based out of Austin, Texas, and the song is entitled Holocene Dream.

Episode 9 – Wes Campbell pt. 1

Wes Campbell, who has a PhD in Physics from Harvard, drops by the cave this week to share some sour beer from Black Market Brewing and chat about his research with the Campbell group through UCLA. We talk about atoms, quantum computers, the need for science, how it is disseminated, and more. We also learn about this, which Wes wanted to be shared — and rightly so. A call to Alfonso Callejas kicks things off.

The end music is by Seres, and it is called Paralelos. You can find more here.

Episode 8 – Kerri Lendo pt. 2

The conversation with Kerri Lendo continues this week with more Shiner Bock, and we get into the nature of wanting to learn, how we can examine things like DNA on such small levels, what it may lead to, and all sorts of other things. A call to Aaron Burrell (@airburple) kicks things off.

– The hotel we stayed in for the wedding was part of a casino that allowed smoking, and my throat didn’t respond well to all the second-hand smoke.

Episode 7 – Kerri Lendo pt. 1

My old pal, and funny Austin comedian, Kerri Lendo drops by to chat this week about Chemical Engineering, cloning, working in a lab, living in Austin, and lots more. We share some Shiner Bock, and she tries to remember what she learned while getting her degree from Penn State. A call to Jared Ribstein (@jribstein) in Duluth kicks things off, and a song by Dan Pritchard closes it out.

Episode 6 – Sheila Madrak pt. 2

06_sheila-madrakSheila Madrak is back this week with Petunia to continue our chat about the ocean, turtles, ecology, charismatic megafauna, and so much more. This time we are sticking with something from Stone Brewing in San Diego and enjoying their Arrogant Bastard Ale. Listen to a quick check-in with Chris Luchterhand (@chrisrluch) via twitter, grab a refreshment, and then join in.

Episode 5 – Sheila Madrak

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Sheila Madrak (@shishfish), a marine ecologist pursuing her PhD in Conservation Ecology from the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology at San Diego State University and UC Davis, was nice enough to drive up from San Diego with her pet turtle Petunia and talk about marine life, ecosystems, how to keep them safe, and the role of humans in all of it. We also enjoyed some Ruination Ale from Stone Brewing in San Diego. All of which was thoroughly enjoyable. A call to Kim Bowman, who has been incredibly helpful with the podcast so far, kicks it off as we chat about her genealogy. Get nice and cozy and join in.

Episode 4 – Andy Beckerman pt. 2

The cave sounds like a remote mountain getaway this week as I check in with @ryanrogers via twitter then sit down with Andy Beckerman once again to finish our conversation about Physics and Philosophy over some Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale.

Episode 3 – Andy Beckerman pt. 1

After a quick chat with @donny_gates via twitter, I sit down and chat with the host of the Beginnings Podcast, Andy Beckerman, about physics, science fairs, aspirations, life, and various other things. I met Andy when I was a guest on his podcast, and he’s both smart and funny. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Temple University, and he also studied physics, so we had a lot to talk about. He doesn’t drink beer, but he was nice enough to sample a bit of the Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale, which was surprisingly good.

Episode 2 – Matthew Wielicki pt. 2

After a quick chat with the Waco Kid (@tepid_mess), I continue my conversation with Matthew about Planetary Exploration. We get into the specifics of finding life on other planets, whether it would be wise to disrupt them or attempt to communicate, and we devise plans to get ourselves to other worlds. We also enjoy more Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven.

Episode 1 – Matthew Wielicki Pt. 1

In the inaugural episode, I head into the cave and chat briefly with James Curle, who was the first to tweet in his phone number. Then I sit down with Matthew Wielicki, who has a PhD from UCLA in geochemistry, and chat about something I have been interested in for a long time — Planetary Exploration. We share some Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven (which is a tasty Saison) and chat about how to go to other planets, why we would go, and what we would do when we get there. Grab a cool beer, and join in.